Woman digging in her garden finds archeological treasures.

There are times I regret living in America. This is one of them.

THESE are the first pictures [click and see!] of an ancient warlord’s treasure found at a city allotment site which has sent archaelogists into a spin.
It was a chance in a million which led forensic experts to dig up this rare seventh-century brass bowl, which has been hailed as one of the most exciting archaelogical discoveries in the past decade.
The bowl was only unearthed when gardener Helen McGlashon (26) found a human skull while digging on her vegetable patch off Palmerston Road, in Woodston, Peterborough.
Fearing it was a murder victim, she called police who launched a full-scale excavation of the site on February 17. But forensic pathologists later concluded the bones actually belonged to an Anglo-Saxon man when the ancient bowl was found nearby.
Historians believe the valuable Coptic bowl [see comment section for explanation of ‘Coptic’ in this context], which was made in the Mediterrean 1,300 years ago, could have only been owned by an extremely rich prince or warlord from the Saxon kingdom of Mercia.

The Coptic bowl is of the same type (go read about Coptic bowls here) as that found at Sutton Hoo. Golly. Or see this Sutton Hoo site.

One thought on “Woman digging in her garden finds archeological treasures.

  1. Interesting – So – why do they (we) call these bowls ‘Coptic’??
    …..Ah! Good question! The low, footed bronze bowls with drop or ring handles were produced in the Eastern Mediterranean. It used to be thought that they were produced almost exclusively in Egypt, but it’s now recognized they were produced more widely – and the ‘Coptic’ often goes in scare quotes. They are always an interesting sign of gift exchange or trade (take your pick) between Anglo-Saxon England and the Mediterranean. I tend to think they are at the end of a long tail of gift exchanges, but I’m no archaeologist. For some reason I can’t find a version of that online or on JSTOR (say) to point out to you, but that’s the 1986 British Museum guide to Sutton Hoo version. –MCT

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